Phantasm IV SE Announced!

New Phantasm IV DVD (click to see it bigger!)Probably the most confusing of the Phantasm franchise, not really a series known for its linear storytelling, Phantasm IV: Oblivion is finally getting a much-needed special edition DVD release on August 26th as part of the Anchor Bay Collection!

This new edition will boast a brand-new anamorphic transfer as well as the following features;

  • A new retrospective featurette on the series
  • Commentary by director Don Coscarelli, Reggie Bannister and of course the Tall Man himself, Angus Scrimm

    Honestly I was hoping for a little more from this one, but beggars can’t be choosers, and if nothing else the film will look amazing!

    Now, if only someone would get on to making Phantasm VClick here to pre-order Phantasm IV: Oblivion through Evilshop!

    Johnny Butane

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    • Justin Warren

      Ooh, good point. We REALLY need a Phantasm II dvd. I have it on laserdisc but I don’t expect many people to follow my example, lol. Besides, I want a special edition containing that workprint of it I’ve heard about. I wish Region 1 got stuff like the Sphere Set. Why can’t we have nice things?

    • frank_dracman

      Yes. We need Phantasm V! But first we need a region 1 DVD of Phantasm 2. Come on, Universal, how about this halloween?

    • Justin Warren

      Phantasm IV may have been confusing….but there are so many answers between the lines in that film. It’s easily my favorite sequel in the series, far and away. Here’s my theory, and I’m stickin’ to it!

      A lot of people get confused by the “contradictory” flashback scenes that depict different events than what happened in the original Phantasm.

      Think about this…it IS true that the ending of Phantasm reveals that everything was just a bad dream, and that Jody died in a car wreck. But poor confused little Michael claims that everything felt so real…

      Ten years later, (part II), his dream is proven a reality because the Tall Man is back, and desecrating every town he travels through, and also kills Reggie’s family. Reggie then believes Michael and the two team up and the rest of the series plays out rather linearly.

      But then how could everything have been a dream, if it all proved true?

      In part IV, Michael is not only beginning to understand everything about the Tall Man’s origins, but about the CORRECT origins to his own connection to it all. It WAS a dream, but something ELSE happened. All the flashback footage we are shown in part IV finally reveals what REALLY happened when Michael first encountered the Tall Man. Everything else we saw in the original was either one of many parallel universes we’ve witnessed in the series, or merely a dream caused by the Tall Man affecting Michael’s perception of reality.

      So….Jody DID die in a car wreck, but we never LIVED that reality. It’s this disconnection and robbery of Michael’s memory of his brother that makes this series so effective in it’s sense of loneliness and emotional loss.


    Johnny Butane